Friday was Day 1b of the 2015 Winamax Poker Open Dublin Main Event, the final starting flight of the €550 buy-in tournament. Players flocked to the Regency Airport Hotel throughout the afternoon to start their quest for glory, a total of 623 players in total. Of that impressive figure, which took the final attendance to 959 entries, 171 progressed to Saturday’s Day 2.
2015 Winamax Poker Open Dublin Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
France’s Ivan Kalac bagged up the biggest stack of the 171 surviving players, turning his 20,000 starting stack into an impressive 250,200. While Kalac’s total was enough to see him claim the Day 1b chip lead, the overall leader going into Day 2 is Saber Harrazi who finished the opening flight with a tournament leading stack of 274,500.
According to the Hendon Mob Database, Kalac has eight live tournament cashes to his name, six of those coming from his exploits in Belgium. Should the Frenchman continue in the same vein of form he has started this event in, he’ll be adding an Irish flag to his profile.
Two Irishmen finished the night with stacks large enough to warrant a place in the Day 1b top 10 chip counts. Eoin Malone has a superb day at the felt and bagged up 219,100 chips, while David Crilly also had a fruitful session and returns to battle on Saturday with a more than healthy 205,000 stack.
Other Irish players who are still in contention include Jude Ainsworth (127,000), Declan Connolly (110,000), Andrew Sweeney (109,100), Eoin Mullen (81,600), Brendan Liddy (73,500), and Cieran Tighe (72,400).
Joining those Irish grinders through to Day 2 are a quartet of Winamax’s stable of professional players. Both Guillaume Diaz (179,000) and Ludovic Riehl (174,000) had fruitful sessions, while Aurelie Quelain (46,300) and Michel Abecassis (35,500) progressed but have some work to do.
Day 2 kicks off with 257 players and only 107 of those will receive any prize money for their efforts. A min-cash is worth €1,000 and this increases to €16,500 for anyone reaching the tournament’s six-handed final table. Whoever wins the WPO Dublin Main Event will secure a €70,000 bankroll boost, tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday morning to see who is still in contention for that princely sum.
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